Counselling Service Update:

The Student Counselling and Wellness Service has returned to campus. While in-person session are back, online and phone appointments are still available. Please email: counselling@ncirl.ie to register with the Service.


Students can also access the Student Counselling and Wellness Moodle page, which has lots of tips, advice, helplines, websites, blogs and apps which will be useful for students.  


NCI offers a number of support services to ensure students get any help they might need with their academic, personal or professional difficulties.

Academic Support Officer working with student Counselling can offer students some time and space to explore any issues that may be of concern.

 

The Student Counselling and Wellness Service's aim is to support students and offer a supportive encouraging environment where students can talk about any struggles or difficulties they may be facing while they are in college.

Deciding to go to college is a big step and this may feel daunting, students face many new challenges, and sometimes college life can be stressful. These challenges may be academic, career, or even personal problems that can interfere with student's ability to take full advantage of the College experience. Counselling can be a helpful and supportive place to start.

Counselling can offer students some time and space to explore any issues that may be of concern such as:

  • Stress 
  • Anxiety
  • Academic difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression 
  • Family issues
  • Grief or bereavement
  • Homesickness/loneliness
  • Sexual/personal identity issues
  • Physical assault/abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders 
  • Addiction or substance use
  • Confidence or self-esteem
  • LGBTQ+ Support
  • Autism/ADHD Support 

Appointments

To book an appointment with the Student Counselling and Wellness Service, all you need to do is:

Email: counselling@ncirl.ie

Once your message is received, a counsellor will contact you with an available appointment.

Counselling sessions last for 40- 50 minutes.  Your counsellor will discuss the frequency and number of sessions with you depending on your needs (usually weekly/bi-weekly and anywhere from 1 to 6 sessions).

Text NCI to 50808 

NCI students have access to the 50808 textline by texting NCI to 50808. This is anonymous, free and available 24/7. The service provides a safe space where you're listened to by a trained Crisis Volunteer 

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for important information regarding data protection and how to access the service from a mobile carrier who does not support short codes.

SilverCloud 

NCI students have free access to the SilverCloud Digital Mental Wellbeing Platform. The platform offers a number of programmes focusing on stress, anxiety and depression, is available 24/7 and can be accessed across devices. 

Meet the Student Counselling and Wellness Team

If you need to contact the Student Counselling and Wellness team, please find their contact details below:

Mary Keating

Mary Keating (M.A., G.D.P.S., BCL)

Student Counsellor – Student Counselling and Wellness Service

Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst

Accredited Member of A.P.P.I. (Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland)

Email: counselling@ncirl.ie

Andrina (Andi) Monaghan

Headshot of Andrina(Andi) MonaghanAndrina (Andi) Monaghan (MA Psych, BSc Nurs)

Student Counsellor – Student Counselling and Wellness Service

Psychotherapist

Accredited Member of IACP (Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Email: counselling@ncirl.ie

Naomi Nolan

Headshot of Naomi NolanNaomi Nolan (MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA English & Sociology)

Student Counsellor

Accredited Member of A.P.P.I. (Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland)

Email: counselling@ncirl.ie

Workshops & Additional Resources
The Student Counselling and Wellness Service offers a number of workshops and seminars to help support students during their time studying at National College Ireland.

Additional Supports

There are a number of additional support services and resources available to students of National College of Ireland. Please find a list below with further details:

Aware

Aware

Aware undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. 

Supports available include a helpline, support email, nationwide support groups and life skills programmes.

Support Email: supportmail@aware.ie  
Support Phone Line: 1890 303 302 (Monday - Sunday, 10am to 10pm)

 

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Jigsaw is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health (12-25) - a non-profit organisation supporting young people's mental health in Ireland.

Support Email: dublincity@jigsaw.ie
Support Phone Line: 1800 247 247 (24 hour – Free)

Mental Health Ireland

Mental Health Ireland

Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.

Pieta House

Pieta House

Pieta House provides support for those self-harming, feeling suicidal or bereaved by Suicide.  

Support Email: mary@pieta.ie
Support Phone Line: 1800 247 247

Samaritans

Samaritans 

Samaritans provide emotional support for people in distress via a 24-hour helpline.

Support Email: jo@samaritans.org
Support Phone Line: 116 123 (free 24 hours)

Student Minds

Student Minds

The Student Minds blog is the UK's biggest blog on student wellbeing and mental health.

ReachOut.com

ReachOut.com

ReachOut.com is a service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health.

SpunOut

SpunOut

SpunOut.ie is Ireland's youth information website created by young people, for young people.

SpunOut’s aim is to educate and inform their readers about the importance of holistic wellbeing and how good health can be maintained, both physically and mentally. They have around 140,000+ active readers a month.

Support Email: hello@spunout.ie  
Support Phone Line: 01 675 3554 (9.30 – 6pm)

Students Against Depression

Students Against Depression

Students Against Depression has been developed in consultation with students who have been affected by depression, low mood or suicidal thoughts. Many of their stories and suggestions are included on the site.

Turn2Me

Turn2me

Turn2me provides online support for mental well-being through self-help, support groups and 1 to 1 professional support. 

Your Mental Health

Your Mental Health

A Health Service Executive (HSE) website listing all mental health support services in the Country.

BeLonGTo

BeLonGTo

BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland.

Supports available include a helpline, support email, nationwide support groups and life skills programmes.

Support Email: info@belongto.org  
Support Phone Line: 01 670 6223